Braves, Johnson agree to $23.5M, 3-year deal

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson gets to keep his dream job for another three years.
Atlanta was the team he cheered for while growing up in South Florida, and he idolized third baseman Chipper Jones.Atlanta Braves' Jones acknowledges crowd during their MLB National League Wild Card playoff baseball game against St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta ''In this game, not many times does a team tell a player they want him to be around for a really long time,'' Johnson said. ''I'm excited they feel that way about me and have the confidence in me to be around for a little while. Now I just want to work as hard as I can to prove they're right.'' After agreeing to a $23.5 million, three-year deal announced Friday, Johnson will be under contract through 2017. Johnson, 29, was one of the team's biggest surprises last season. A supposed throw-in to the Justin Upton trade, Johnson ranked second in the NL with a .321 average. He had 12 homers and 68 RBIs. via Braves, Johnson agree to $23.5M, 3-year deal | FOX Sports on MSN.

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